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Author Topic: Any Ideas on what would cause high sodium in CRF cats (from the recall)? Help!!  (Read 2836 times)
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« on: November 24, 2007, 07:52:19 AM »

Hi Everyone-

Quick recap of my continuingly maddening situation.... 
My 5 babies fell gravely ill in March from recalled food.  After much work, we have brought their levels back down and they have been doing much better for the last number of months.  We've continued with the blood tests and with the help of a change in diet (Of course) some supplements (epakitin) and fluid treatments, they are in the ranges of "high normal" in their BUN and CRE levels.  In June, their levels had finally started to decline thanksfully, but just this week they are up slightly, and now with the added mystery of having high sodium??  Was wondering if any of you either might know the sodium ratios of the following foods, or if you have any suggestions or thoughts as to what can cause this and how to fix it. Thanks! Here is the list of what they have been eating on a rotating basis, listed from most to least in their rotation:

Wellness Grain Free Canned
Merrick Canned
Weruva Canned
Ziwi Peak Canned
By Natures Organic Canned
Tiki Cat Canned

Home Cooking:
Dr Harveys Feline premix (cooked with organic chicken, organic lamb, organic turkey, or organic beef and flax seed oil, wheat germ oil, and sunflower seed oil)

Supplements (not all given at once of course):
PetAg Taurine Tablets
Canine Cavier Norwegian Sea Kelp
Dr. Harveys Multivitamin and Herbal Supplement

Also, they eat no treats and drink only filtered water.  And acting normal, as in no icrease in water consumption.  Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2007, 08:42:13 AM »

I would think since all 5 babies have the same issue with the sodium, it has to be in the foods or supplements you're giving.  You can try to eliminate one at a time to see where the problem is.  Also, I know kelp is a seaweed that absorbs minerals from the ocean and sodium can be one of them.  Depending on where the kelp is from, it differs in the mineral content. You may want to discontinue the kelp and see if that triggers a better response.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2007, 07:55:35 AM »

My bet is on the kelp also.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2007, 12:06:41 PM »

I agree,try stopping the kelp 1 st.

"the world's most inept extortionist"
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2007, 12:11:57 PM »

I agree too, stop the kelp and retest the blood in about a month.  I would also ask the vet to check blood pressure on the babies
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007, 12:59:46 PM »

It's the kelp - some have very high salt-sodium.  Eliminate that first and see what happens.  I can't imagine what you're going through managing 5 CRF pets  Cry.  That you've managed to get their creatin and BUN levels down is already an amazing feat.  I wish I could bottle up all our prayers and good thoughts and send it to you and your kitties to drink...  Strength and grace t you, freind and healing thoughts and prayers to your crew.
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